Meet the artists who will perform at the April 7 Holi Concert and Celebration at the Second Congregational Church.


This concert is made possible by generous funding from ICC Benefactors:
Annie Duke and Eric Brooks
Demetra Koukoulas and Ronald Roth
Mira and Fayez Muhtadie
Shonu and Vinay Pande
Kuldip and Ranjit Samra

Meet the artists:


Roopa Mahadevan - Vocal

Roopa Mahadevan is known for her powerful and emotive voice. At home in many eras and styles, she is versatile among Carnatic (South Indian classical) performers, bringing the art form and her explorations in genre, text, and theater to audiences around the world. Based in New York City, Roopa frequently collaborates with artists in jazz, creative/improvised music, and R&B soul genres and has her own crossover ensemble, Roopa In Flux. Based in New York City, Roopa directs the groundbreaking choir Navatman Music Collective, is an active member of the innovative Brooklyn Raga Massive, and is one of the most sought-after vocalists for dancers/choreographers in the South Asian diaspora.

Roopa received Carnatic training under Asha Ramesh and Suguna Varadachari, the latter under a U.S. Fulbright scholarship. She has sung full length Carnatic concerts in all major venues during the December music festival in Chennai, India, including the Music Academy, and has received the title Kala Ratna from the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana for her commitment to Carnatic music. Roopa is a featured vocalist in the Grammy Award winning album Calling All Dawns, was an inaugural fellow of IndianRaga and has performed on stages such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jacob's Pillow, and the Hollywood Bowl. Roopa was a member of the Resonant Bodies program at Banff in 2018 and is a member of the Hedgebrook Residency for Singers/Songwriters in 2019. Roopa has extensive experience in public health policy with degrees from Stanford University. Her work in art is undergirded by curiosities in the areas of culture, philosophy, and social change.


Anjna Swaminathan - Violin

Anjna Swaminathan is a versatile violinist, composer, and multidisciplinary artist. A disciple of the late violin maestro M.S. Gopalakrishnan and H.K. Narasimhamurthy, she performs regularly in Carnatic, Hindustani and creative music settings. Her current mentors include Samarth Nagarkar (Hindustani music) and T.M. Krishna (Carnatic music). Anjna is a budding composer and was a 2018 composer fellow at the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, where she premiered her string quartet "A Secret Rendezvous" for Del Sol String Quartet. In March 2019, Anjna will be premiering her new string quartet "Duplicity" commissioned by Orchestra St. Luke's and GLFCAM in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Migrations: The Making of America festival. As a theatre artist, writer and dramaturg with interests in the intersection of race, class/caste, gender and sexuality, Hindu Vedantic philosophy, and the boundaries of postcolonial Indian nationhood, Anjna often engages in artistic work that ties together multiple aesthetic forms towards a critical consciousness. She leads the multidisciplinary project WOVEN, which brings together original music and poetry to meditate on rituals of memory, death, and nationality. In April 2019, she will be premiering a new iteration of WOVEN, thanks to a generous commission from Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn, NY and the Jerome Foundation. Anjna holds a bachelors degree in theatre from the University of Maryland College Park.


Shivalik Goshal - Tabla

Shivalik Ghoshal comes from a musical family.  From the age of seven, Shivalik has been a student of Sree Kinner K. Seen of Punjab gharana.  Kinner-ji’s father, Pandit Lachman Seen, is the gurubhai of the late Ustad Alla Rakha Khan-Saheb.  Since 1997, Shivalik is a student of the tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri of the Lucknow gharana.


Shivalik has had the honour and privilege of accompanying maestros like Pandit Manilal Nag, Smt Girija Devi, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Phalguni Mitra and Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain.  He performed the tabla drumming in the Oscar winning soundtrack of the 2004 docu-drama, “Born Into Brothels.”  In 2013, Shivalik participated in the "The Jungle Book" musical with Walt Disney Theatrics, working with Toni-winning theater director Mary Zimmerman, Toni-winning dance choreographer Christopher Gatelli (for Broadway's "Newsies”), and music director Doug Peck.  Currently, Shavalik is a member of the Raga Renaissance movement in Brooklyn as part of the Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) community which is dedicated to promoting Indian Classical/Raga music throughout the NY area.

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